RE: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions

Subject: RE: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions
From: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:11:16 +0000

Those of us who use Word on a daily basis to efficiently author high-quality documentation at successful companies are always entertained by the claim that it's impossible. Happy Friday!


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From: Robert Lauriston
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2015 2:41 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions

My view is pretty much the opposite. I deny all knowledge of the advanced techniques using SEQ fields and so on that some people use to kludge Word into a semi-usable documentation authoring tool.

Using Word as the primary authoring tool for technical documentation is a false economy. It's a safe bet that any company that does has made many other false economies. That means that workplace suck in many other ways, most of which you can learn about from reading Dilbert. I would never apply for a job where Word is the primary tool unless the were looking for someone to migrate to a professional single-sourcing tool.

Having to convert a PDF to editable source is typically another sign of an out-of-control company you'd be better off not working for, unless they know they've made a mess and are hiring you to clean it up.

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References:
Future Tech Writer with Software Questions: From: Craig Lashley
Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions: From: Laura Phillips
Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions: From: Chris Morton
Re: Future Tech Writer with Software Questions: From: Robert Lauriston

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